Monday, September 8, 2008

Mr. Independent

Michael's motto lately is "I'll do it myself!" Woe betide the person who lends a helping hand, looks at him wrong, offers him a treat without allowing him to choose it for himself, flushes the toilet without him, or basically tries to help him out in any way.

This morning he wanted to climb onto our bed, only he couldn't quite make it over the edge, so I offered him a hand. He screamed, threw himself on the floor, kicked his feet, and gave me a withering stare worthy of Medusa herself. When he tried again, I touched him on the arm (stupid, I know, but it's sort of a reflex to help your struggling kid) and he freaked out again. It took him four tries to get onto the bed, not because he couldn't do it in one, but because he wanted to make sure I wasn't going to help him. If I even got that look on my face like I was going to help him, it was the end of the universe.

This weekend he said "No!" to me for the first time. Normally he just vigorously shakes his head, accompanying the action with a really nasty glare. But as I put him in his crib and he began his usual jumping game, I said, "Michael, lie down right now." He cocked his head to the side, half-smiled, and said, "NO!" with all the force he could muster. Then he cackled like a maniac.

It was raining all day Saturday, so we were stuck in the house. He went about happily destroying and trashing the place, eventually ripping one of the curtain tie-backs out of the wall, donning it as some sort of royal battle-wear, and walking around the house for the next hour trying not to trip over it. It was really very funny.

Here is a picture of the little emperor. You can see the devastation left in his wake.


The Wolford Pack (Jen) said...

That is too funny! We’ve had the exact same scene with Adam. I mean exactly the same scene. Adam still demands, "I do it all by myself." He gets so upset when anyone tries to give him a hand. Of course he still refuses to dress himself...I don't know what that is about?

I love watching and reading about Michael! He is so cute! That picture is priceless!

fiona said...

Ooooh, love the outfit! It totally reminds me of that murder mystery party that the Rizleys threw. Michael's expression is awesome, he looks so pleased with himself! We are in that independent stage, too. N more so than B. Fun stuff. The twins have been saying no for a while, but I think it's partly because they felt the need to say it to each other so much. Ahhh, parenthood :)